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12:00 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

UN Recognizes Gay Rights As Human Rights

Last week, the United Nations passed a resolution recognizing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for the first time. However, many Muslims and African countries voted against the resolution. To learn more about it, host Michel Martin speaks with Suzanne Nossel, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.

The Two-Way
11:34 am
Wed June 22, 2011

'Ulster Volunteer Force' Blamed For Starting Belfast Violence

Two nights in a row of riots in Belfast, Northern Ireland, — the most intense such violence in several years — are largely being blamed by authorities on members of the Ulster Volunteer Force, The Guardian and other news outlets report.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:08 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Cholesterol Drugs May Raise Risk Of Diabetes A Little

Now there's some more evidence that taking cholesterol-lowering drugs can raise the risk for diabetes. But doctors say the small increase seen doesn't mean people at risk for serious heart trouble should stop taking the medicines.

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Latin America
10:54 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Mexico Captures Alleged Head Of Cultlike Cartel

Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, aka El Chango or "The Monkey," was paraded before members of the media Wednesday in Mexico City.
MIguel Tovar AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:43 am

Mexican federal police said Wednesday that they had dealt a lethal blow to one of the country's most notorious drug cartels following an operation that nabbed the alleged leader of the cultlike, pseudo-Christian La Familia cartel.

Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, nicknamed El Chango, or "The Monkey," was apprehended Tuesday in the central state of Aguascalientes, officials said. La Familia terrorized western Mexico from its headquarters in Michoacan province, and Mendez is accused of moving tons of cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana to the U.S.

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Ai Weiwei Released On Bail, Chinese State News Agency Says

Ai Weiwei in October 2009.
Miguel Villagran Getty Images

"The Beijing police department said Wednesday that Ai Weiwei has been released on bail because of his good attitude in confessing his crimes as well as a chronic disease he suffers from," China's state-controlled Xinhua news agency reports.

That officially sanctioned story also says that:

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